Brilliant career: Exclusive interview with a prominent former student of the Barraquer Institute.
With an outstanding career in ophthalmology, alumni Dr. Francesc Duch Mestres has left an indelible mark on the field. After obtaining his Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery, he specialized in ophthalmology as a resident at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre. Dr. Duch Mestres has focused his career on ophthalmology, where he has more than 25 years of experience as a leading ophthalmologist with special attention to anterior segment surgery (cornea and cataract) and refractive surgery.
What motivated you to choose the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center to pursue your MIR specialty in Ophthalmology?
Many reasons influenced my choice. I highlight the opportunity to train alongside Professor Joaquín Barraquer, an undisputed figure in ophthalmology. Being part of an international reference centre and working with leading ophthalmic surgeons was decisive.
How would you describe the learning atmosphere and quality of training at Instituto Barraquer during that period?
The atmosphere was incomparable. Meeting national and international specialists created an exceptional environment of camaraderie, professionalism and learning. The training was rigorous and demanding, with unique options such as the library and photography department, providing a solid foundation for my professional development.
Speaking of your interaction with faculty and experts during your training, how did this direct contact influence your understanding and application of ophthalmological knowledge?
Direct contact was essential. Living closely with teachers created a relationship of trust. This interaction not only facilitated my understanding of ophthalmological knowledge, but also influenced a practical application with rigor and common sense.
Given your experience as Chief Resident at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, what do you consider to be the most significant contribution you made during that period?
Holding the position of Chief Resident was a special recognition. My contribution focused on dedication to clinical sessions and participation in conferences. The positive atmosphere of the centre made the task easier and contributed to the development of a cohesive team.
What do you think is the importance of training in the field of ophthalmology?
Training in ophthalmology is fundamental and constitutes the most crucial stage in any professional area. It is the essential foundation and the best investment for the future, requiring dedication of time, effort and work. The COB and its teachers are examples of immutable and eternal values in human activity.
What are the most valuable lessons you have taken with you from your time at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre and Institute, and how have they influenced your subsequent professional career?
The most valuable lessons include training in an environment of rigor, responsibility and work. Good humor and technical and human approach have left a lasting mark on my career.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about training at Barraquer Institute?
I would advise dedicating yourself completely to the training. I would urge you to take advantage of all the facilities, actively participate in activities and prepare thoroughly to obtain a comprehensive and enriching experience.
Finally, how would you describe the Barraquer Institute's continued influence on your clinical approach and commitment to excellence in ophthalmology over the years?
The commitment to excellence has influenced my technical and human approach in ophthalmology. This commitment endures and has left an imprint on my clinical practice, reinforcing my commitment to quality eye care.
This testimony reflects the legacy and commitment of the Barraquer Institute to excellent training in ophthalmology, leaving an indelible mark on the careers of those who have passed through its classrooms and operating rooms. Join us on this journey of discovery and advancement in ophthalmology, where knowledge, practice and future vision converge in one place: Barraquer Institute.